Ford, Denver and Chongqing Collaborate on EV, HEV Projects

Changan Ford launched China's first domestic hybrid sedan, the Jiexun-HEV, in 2007.

Published: 06-Jan-2009

Clean energy cars, such as the Ford Escape Hybrid Ford CEO Alan Mulally drove to US congressional hearings in December, may play a key role in the auto industry's future.

China's Chongqing municipality, the US city of Denver and Ford agreed on an electric and hybrid automobile project at the fifth China-US Strategic Economic Dialogue in Beijing in December.

Changan Ford Automobile Co Ltd, in Chongqing, will set up a special team to push the project forward.


Powered by advanced lithium-ion batteries and two 67bhp (50kW) electric motors to drive the front and rear axles, the Mixim is a four-wheel-drive car with a theoretical top speed of 112mph and a potential maximum range of 156 miles.

Dodge ZEO is 2+2 electric muscle car for the 21st century powered by 200kW electric drive with 0-60 mph in less than 6 seconds and range of 250 miles.

The Air Car may do better than fuel-cell cars, but experts say that using grid power to charge a battery-powered electric vehicle is much more efficient than using electricity to compress and store the same amount of energy in a tank.


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